20 Wins Club : 1901 - 1925

Twenty wins in a single season is a truly a magical plateau. Jim Bouton wrote in his classic book Ball Four, "If you had a pill that would guarantee a pitcher twenty wins, but might take five years off his life, he'd take it."

Baseball Almanac is pleased to present the pitchers from 1901 through 1925 who are members of the American League 20 Wins Club. Note: A bold faced entry denotes that the player was active during the previous Major League season.

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"Listen mister, no man alive can throw harder than Smoky Joe Wood!" - Walter Johnson (twelve time American League twenty-plus game winner)

Twenty Wins Club
'1901 to 1925'

In Chronological Order

Cy Young (10)
Boston
33
10
Baltimore
26
21
Chicago
24
7
Detroit
23
13
Philadelphia
20
15
Cy Young (11)
Boston
32
11
Philadelphia
23
7
St. Louis
22
11
St. Louis
22
17
Boston
21
21
Baltimore (13) & New York (N.L. 8)
21
18
Chicago
20
12
Philadelphia
20
15
Cy Young (12)
Boston
28
9
Philadelphia
23
16
New York
21
15
Boston
21
13
St. Louis
21
15
Philadelphia
21
16
Boston
20
7
New York
41
13
Philadelphia
26
17
Cy Young (13)
Boston
26
16
Philadelphia
25
19
Cleveland
23
13
Boston
23
14
New York
23
19
Chicago
21
15
Boston
21
11
Philadelphia
27
11
Philadelphia
25
12
Chicago
24
12
Detroit
23
13
Boston
22
9
Detroit
21
20
Chicago
21
13
Cleveland
20
11
New York
27
17
New York
24
16
Chicago
22
13
Cleveland
22
10
Cleveland
21
9
Detroit
21
18
Chicago
20
13
Cleveland
20
17
Cleveland
27
10
Chicago
27
13
Detroit
25
4
Detroit
25
13
Philadelphia
24
16
Chicago
24
18
Chicago
22
11
Cy Young (14)
Boston
22
15
Philadelphia
20
9
Detroit
20
20
Chicago
40
15
Cleveland
24
11
Detroit
24
12
Cy Young (15)
Boston
21
11
Detroit
29
8
Chicago
25
17
Detroit
22
9
Philadelphia
31
9
New York
26
6
Washington
25
17
Philadelphia
23
5
Detroit
21
12
Philadelphia
28
12
Chicago
28
18
Washington
25
13
Cleveland
23
7
Boston
23
17
New York
22
11
Philadelphia
22
8
Boston
34
5
Washington
32
12
Chicago
27
17
Philadelphia
26
6
Washington
24
13
Philadelphia
21
10
Boston
20
9
Cleveland
20
13
Boston
20
13
Washington
36
7
Cleveland
23
10
Chicago
22
16
Philadelphia
21
10
Cleveland
20
13
Chicago
20
20
Washington
28
18
Detroit
22
12
Boston
20
13
Washington
27
13
Detroit
24
13
Chicago
24
14
Chicago
24
11
Detroit
22
13
Washington
25
20
New York
24
14
Boston
23
12
Detroit
21
11
Chicago
28
12
Boston
24
13
Cleveland
23
13
Washington
23
16
Boston
22
9
Washington
23
13
Cleveland
22
13
Boston
21
13
Philadelphia
20
19
Chicago
29
7
Cleveland
23
12
Chicago
23
11
Detroit
21
9
St. Louis
21
11
Washington
20
14
New York
20
13
Cleveland
31
12
New York
26
11
Cleveland
24
14
Chicago
23
13
Chicago
22
14
Chicago
21
10
Chicago
21
9
Cleveland
20
10
New York
20
13
St. Louis
20
10
New York
27
9
St. Louis
27
12
Chicago
25
15
Cleveland
23
13
Boston
23
16
Philadelphia
27
13
New York
26
7
St. Louis
24
17
Cleveland
22
16
Chicago
21
17
New York
20
12
Cleveland
26
16
Detroit
21
13
New York
21
8
St. Louis
20
12
Boston
20
17
Washington
23
7
New York
21
9
Cleveland
20
17
Chicago
20
14
Chicago
21
11
Philadelphia
21
10
Washington
20
5
Washington
20
7
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baseball almanac fast facts

Walter Johnson holds the American League record for most twenty (20) win seasons by a right-handed pitcher with twelve (12).

Did you know that Lefty Grove holds the American League record for most twenty (20) win seasons by a left-handed pitcher with eight (8)?

In 1911 , Vean Gregg entered the big leagues and won twenty-three (23) games. He won more than twenty (20) the next two (2) consecutive seasons setting the American League record for consecutive twenty (20) win seasons from the start of a career with three.

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